Independent Board Members

Job Title: Independent Board Members
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Bournemouth
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: AECC-gov-2019
Contact Name: Gabriele Sanger-Stevens
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 25, 2019 16:35

Job Description

AECC University College is a specialist higher education institution.  Founded in 1965 as Europe’s first institution for chiropractic education and training, AECC University College has grown to become a leading institution of its kind, expanding its service provision and impact across a range of chosen specialisms in Health & Social Sciences.  After being granted taught degree awarding powers in 2016, AECC University College was designated for receipt of direct public funding in 2017.  

Having gained a Silver TEF rating, 100% student satisfaction according to NSS results (2018) and a 99% student employment record (2017), the University College has enjoyed considerable recent success. The institution’s newly launched School of Psychology, Sports and Physical Activity, sits alongside its established provision in Chiropractic and Diagnostic Ultrasound education and training.   AECC University College also has a long established Clinic facility providing placements for student healthcare professionals in their final stages of training at the AECC University College. 

The terms of office of four of our independent governors are coming to an end in 2019 and 2020. AECC University College is seeking to appoint four independent members to the Board of Governors.  In addition we shall be looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Governors, Chair of Audit & Risk Assurance Committee and Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee in the near future. This will be an exciting, challenging and rewarding time as AECC moves forward with expansion of its provision.  This is an excellent opportunity to make a significant contribution to help an expanding new University College develop and increase inter-professional collaboration.

We are looking for candidates to work at Board level with experience of contributing to the shaping of strategy and review of performance objectives, who have the ability to maintain a strategic focus, and challenge management decision-making processes and outcomes.   Candidates will have a range of skills including a well-developed commercial acumen and the ability to understand and interpret financial information.  The following areas of expertise have been identified as priorities that will add immediate value to the Board:

Higher Education – experience in Higher Education at a senior level with knowledge of learning, teaching and quality assurance

Legal – experience of legal frameworks, contract law, employment law, litigation

Finance – financial / accountancy / audit experience at a senior level

Commercialisation – marketing and enterprise experience at director level both UK and internationally

IT – systems and digital learning experience and innovation

Health – non-executive experience on an NHS trust Board

Estates – Estates management and development

Members of the Board are expected to contribute approximately ten to fourteen days a year; the Board meets four times a year and most committees meet three or four times a year.  The roles are not remunerated, although reasonable expenses are reimbursed.  AECC University College is committed to equality and diversity and hopes these roles will appeal to those from all sections of the community.  The institution welcomes applicants from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds as well as women as they are both currently under-represented at this level.

Please contact the Principal, Lesley Haig, or the Clerk to the Board, Gabi Sanger-Stevens for an informal discussion (01202 436200).  A brief history of AECC University College and the governor role and person specification are available on the website

A letter of application and CV should be sent to the Clerk to the Board, AECC University College, Parkwood Campus, Parkwood Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2DF or via email to  Closing date for applications is 31 May 2019 and interviews will be held between 10 and 21 June 2019.  Other dates may be available if required.